Phyllis Theermann

Energy_star_Lighting_GraphicThis week’s challenge is to get rid of all your remaining incandescent light bulbs and be part of an even BIGGER challenge from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is asking retailers to sell 20 million ENERGY STAR certified LEDs by Earth Day on April 22, 2014, AND help show customers how to save energy, save money and prevent climate change with their lighting choices.

Here are 7 reasons GREAT reasons that the EPA suggests we change our bulbs to an ENERGY STAR certified LED:

“1.)    Energy Savings: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs use 70-90% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.

2.)    Money Savings: A single ENERGY STAR certified LED can save more than $135 in electricity costs over its lifetime.

3.)    Affordability: The prices for ENERGY STAR certified LEDs are dropping big time—as low as $5 per bulb with in-store rebates.

4.)    Long Lasting: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs now look and light more like traditional bulbs, but can last 25 times longer—over 20 years total with typical use.

5.)    Quality and Performance: An ENERGY STAR certified bulb will give you the best LED experience. Only bulbs with the ENERGY STAR are independently certified, undergoing extensive testing to assure that they perform as promised.  To earn the ENERGY STAR, these bulbs must demonstrate that they will meet consumer expectations by delivering on brightness and producing light in all directions.

6.)    Peace of Mind: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs carry a three-year warranty.

7.)    Environmental Protection: By replacing 20 million traditional incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified LEDs, this country would save more than $118 million each year in energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of more than 150,000 vehicles”


feit lightblubOne Sustainable Wellesley member recommends the Feit Electric BR30 Flood lights. These 65W equivalent recessed ceiling LED light bulbs are available at many local retailers have a great color temperature, are instant on, dim well, and fit perfectly in standard recessed cans. They were $7.99/bulb after instant discount. We figure that is a 4.5 year payback, if one replaces incandescent and have them on just 30 – 45 minutes per day.

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Phyllis Theermann

This weekend Robert accomplished one of his green projects.

He changed out ten 50W halogen flood bulbs in his basement for ten 8W LEDs.

Here are the results:

Before:    500W

After:       80W

Bulbs Cost: $300

Yearly cost savings:  $50  (Assumes 11/c per kWh)

Payback period: 6 years (assuming 3 hours usage per day)

Lifetime savings:      $800 (over 22 years)

Unlike CFLs, the new LEDs have a warm look, no mercury, are dimmable and go on instantly. 

Light Facts

Light Facts

Go grab some new lights for your home. With the new standard light fact labels right on the box, accomplishing one of your green projects will be easier.

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Phyllis Theermann

These look good, will save you money over the medium and long term, as well as reduce emissions significantly

According to the American Lighting Association, lighting accounts for about 15 percent of home electrical use. So changing to more energy efficient bulbs can result in big savings on your electricity bill.

Light bulb manufacturers are coming out with many new styles as incandescent bulbs are phased out in response to federal regulations requiring light bulbs to be more energy efficient.

Did you know?
If every household in the U.S.
switched 1 light bulb to a compact
fluorescent, the change would be
equivalent to removing 1 million
cars from the road.

New light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have many advantages over thecompact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The LEDs turn on right away, can be used with a dimming switch, and do not contain mercury. Although they are more expensive, a typical LED light bulb will also last at least three times longer than a CFL, and at least 20 times longer than an incandescent bulb, which makes the LED ideal for a hard-to-reach location. Here are two LED bulbs we have tried and liked:

The Philips Ambient LED 12-Watt Light Bulbturns on right away, and can  be used with a dimming switch. The bulb emits a soft, warm light, equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but this LED bulb uses only 12 watts of energy and will last for 25,000 hours (according to the manufacturer). Available at Home Depot.



The Sylvania 40-Watt Equivalent Warm White LED Light Bulb can be used indoors or in an enclosed outdoor fixture. According to the manufacturer, it willl last 50,000 hours or 45.7 years at 3 hours a day, so you won’t have to worry about changing it for a long time to come. Available at Green’s Hardware.


For more information on choosing light bulbs, see

To understand a little more explore the following links :

EPA – Energy Star light bulbs

Home Depot – LEDs

Amazon light bulb guide